Pope commandeers Bolivian burger bar
Sales at a branch of Burger King in Santa Cruz reportedly soared after it was converted into a sacristy for Pope Francis.
The Pope, according to this report, prayed over his chasuble, vestments, personal chair and altar at the restaurant, which had temporararily been put off-limits to punters.
He then went on to perform a mass for hundreds of thousands at Christ the Redeemer Square in the city.
The Burger King branch, close to the square, had been reserved three days before his visit by Team Vatican, and an assistant manager – appropriately named Christian Vaca (a vaca is a cow in Spanish) – was ecstatic.
Business has been hopping since he was here. It’s really a blessing.
Burger King thanked the pontiff for using its premises as a change-room in a Facebook post shortly after his visit:
Welcome Pope Francis, thank you for choosing the restaurant BK El Cristo as your sacristy. Burger King Bolivia receives you with open arms.
The Pope used his visit to Bolivia to ask for forgiveness for “grave sins” committed by the Roman Catholic Church against native Americans during the so-called “conquest of America”.
Bolivia’s President, Evo Morales – who had earlier given the Pope a controversial “communist crucifix” – was present during the pontiff’s passionate and lengthy speech.
I say this to you with regret: Many grave sins were committed against the native people of America in the name of God.